Tonight’s new episode of Duets was all about the party. That is, until one contestant had to go. Last week’s elimination of Alexis Foster made things tough for the seven remaining contestants, and after tonight someone’ll have to go. So who gets the ax this week? Find out in our Duets Season 1, Episode 4 recap!

The theme for this week is “biggest and baddest party songs of all time,” according to host Quddus. For the first time all season, judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, and Robin Thicke do not perform on-stage to open. Instead, we go right into the heart of the competition and move rather swiftly!  

Jason Farol & Kelly Clarkson
Song: “Satisfaction” (Rolling Stones)
Jason has some catching up to do after barely hanging on during an elimination show-down with Alexis Foster last week. Even Kelly (president of the Jason Farol Fan Club, at this point) notices the pitchy moments on the playback, but she thinks his a capella work in the Bottom 2 earned him some respect.

This week’s subject requires a lot of stage presence, according to Kelly, so the two put some real emphasis on their hip action. All three judges say this is Jason’s best performance of the series so far. But from where we’re sitting, Kelly pretty much saved his rear on this one.

Rank: 5

Bridget Carrington & John Legend
Song: “Last Dance” (Donna Summer)
Based off of last week’s performances, John thinks he and Bridget should have ranked higher. He also doesn’t want to send the singer back to her tax-related day job. The common denominator for the top few on last week’s show was a tear-jerker story to share, so John tries to muster up a sad tale for Bridget. It doesn’t matter much, though, because they knock it out of the park. While Kelly does say that she wants Bridget to look at the audience a little more next time, the judges are mostly full of praise for her.

Rank: 2

J Rome & Jennifer Nettles
Song: "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)" (Michael Jackson)
“Heavy is the head that wears the crown,” they say. As the guy who’s always been on top, J Rome’s starting to feel the pressure. “I just want to make everybody like get up and dance, since last week I pretty much made everybody cry,” he says. So he and Jennifer rock out to some Michael Jackson material that works for Robin but felt a little impersonator-ish to Kelly.

Rank: 1

Olivia Chisholm & Robin Thicke
Song: “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green)
Robin’s pulling out all the stops to make his one remaining partner comfortable. He brings along his little boy, Julian, to hang around the studio during practice, and the song choice reflects Robin’s desire to persevere. Their performance, while smooth, doesn’t quite wow the judges or the audience. Even Kelly struggles to find a compliment (she ends up praising Olivia’s breath control). So Olivia finds herself in the bottom two.

Rank: 7

Jordan Meredith & Kelly Clarkson
Song: “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” (Joan Jett)
Last week, Jordan had the judges floored with her barefoot “tasty” little show, so the bar is set high for this week. While “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” seems right up the pink pixie’s alleyway, she and Kelly struggle to match. John suggests she show up barefoot again next time. Touche!

Rank: 4

Meleana Brown & John Legend
Song: “Since U Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson)
John wants to take a risk this week with Meleana, who has been strongly favored in the competition so far despite joining the show during the second episode. His manager hands him a fellow judge’s song to perform, “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. Bad, bad, bad decision. Even John has trouble finding his voice in the middle of that number, and the two are never really gel together. Sadly, Meleana makes the bottom two.

Rank: 6

John Glosson & Jennifer Nettles

Song: “Life is a Highway” (Rascal Flatts)
John’s been pretty cozy near the top for a while, and a strong, sing-songy rhythm song with country starlet Jennifer Nettles sure seems like a good idea at the time. On-stage, it’s a pretty boring and overbearing performance that doesn’t leave the judges wowed, per se, but earns him a place in Episode 5.

Rank: 3

With Meleana and Olivia in the bottom two, John stands to lose a partner, while Robin may lose his only remaining partner. The ladies must save themselves via an a capella duel, and both belt out some love ballads for the ages.

Meleana tackles Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You,” and Olivia follows up with Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Olivia must’ve left the more lasting impression with the number, because Meleana ends up getting her bus ticket home.

“You did good,” Robin says to Olivia. “You did really good sweetheart. I’m proud of you.” John, meanwhile, consoles his lost partner by saying, “We picked her because we thought she was beautiful and wonderful and had a lot to offer the show… I don’t regret it.”

We’re now down to six contestants, and live voting will begin in two weeks! Do you think the judges made the right decision tonight? Why or why not?

Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch John Legend and Bridget Carrington Perform “Last Dance” in Duets Week 4 on June 13, 2012
Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch Jennifer Nettles and J Rome Perform “Pretty Young Thing” in Duets Week 4 on June 13, 2012
Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch Kelly Clarkson and Jordan Meredith Perform “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” in Duets Week 4 on June 13, 2012
Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch Jennifer Nettles and John Glosson Perform “Life is a Highway” in Duets Week 4 on June 13, 2012